Fennel Seeds

Perris, CA(Zone 9a)

Today I went out to the garden and I noticed on the fennel that there were finally some dried seeds. I put 250 seeds in an envelope and there are hundreds more coming along if I catch them in time. I live in a mild winter climate in California (last year we had three nights of 20 degree frosts...everthing else was higher). Does anyone have any idea of how I am supposed to store these seeds unitl I plant them next spring?

We are going to add some to our cooking also. Does anyone have any ideas on how we can use them in recipes? I have already been told that fennel seeds and anise seeds are different. Can they be used interchangeably in cooking?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Chuck

's-Gravenhage, Netherlands(Zone 8b)

Hi Chuck,

Just store them in an envelope in a dry, cool place.

You could use the seeds to make a herbal tea. This would be very good for your digestion.....

Perris, CA(Zone 9a)

Thanks!!

Chuck

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

I like to toss a few fennel seeds in my mouth and crunch them from time to time.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

I keep all my seeds in the veggie bin in the fridge.

Frankfort, KY(Zone 6a)

I'm waiting for my seeds to develop, (bagged 1/2 pint of seeds off my Dill)
Look close and you may see two Eastern Black Swallowtails cat.
I have six in a very small cat house now, so I'll leave those for the birds.

Thumbnail by rentman
Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Thanks for pointing out the cats rentman. I wouldn't have noticed them on my own

Middleburgh, NY

This is like Where's Waldo the catepillar

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

LOL herbalbetty. I could spot one pretty easy, but the 2nd one was a toughie.

Frankfort, KY(Zone 6a)

You need a catepillar eye glass. They are green and yellow.
They are in the center but are the same color as the seeds and flowers.
The pic is on the other computer, if I had it here I would enlarge it.
They were very clear to me before I took the pic, but you know what a camera does to things ^_^

This message was edited Aug 29, 2008 1:24 PM

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Look for stripes herbalbetty. That's the only way I could find them.

San Francisco Bay Ar, CA(Zone 9b)

Chuck, fennel seeds are a staple item in many cuisines. We eat pounds of them every year, in cooking, in teas, as a digestive and mouth freshener after meals, etc.
I'll see if there is a fennel thread in the recipes section. If not I'll try to get one started over the weekend.

In Indian cooking, there are two basic types of fennel. The larger, less sweet badisaunf and the smaller, darker, more sweet chotisaunf. Both are fennel, not anise. Anise is a smaller seed with a stronger, sweeter flavour. The larger fennel is more commonly used in Europe. Excellent spice. Very good for your health as well as the catepillars.

Middleburgh, NY

I did finally find both. Couldn't find the one on the left for some time! Thank goodness this wasn't a "magic eye" puzzle. I can never do those!

gardenmermaid, fascinating on the types of fennel in Indian cooking. Thanks for relaying that info.

Frankfort, KY(Zone 6a)

Chuck check this link for more Fennel recipes.

http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blv10.htm

Fennel seeds and minced garlic added to ground pork makes great meatballs for Italian spaghetti sauce.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Don't forget the basil, oregano and flat leaf italian parsley in the meatballs mon ami. You just can't have enough of those in italian cooking IMHO.

Actually, dahlianut, those belong in the sauce, not in the meatballs.
Rationale: fennel seed is a strong flavour tempered by coking with meat; whereas parsley, oregano and even basil are essentially "soft" flavours that can be overcome by meat but meld with veg/oil-based sauces

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

pbloohey ^_^ (how do you type a raspbery I wonder?) I'll give you the parsley but keeping the oregano and basil. Definitely a must in my meat rubs. ahhhhhhh just remembered you like hot peppers. Are you sure you didn't 'fry' out your taste buds at some point?^_^?

Nope! Taste buds working fine. It's those northern climes that distort the angle of the taste buds, thereby placing sauce spices & herbs in the meat and vicey versa!

San Francisco Bay Ar, CA(Zone 9b)

LOL! You two are a crackup!

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